Struggling with "no-name" papers? Not anymore, my friend!
Try one of these strategies!
Strategy #1: Next time, before students begin working, teach and sing the following song with students:
To the tune of "If You're Happy & You Know It!"
"Put your name on your papers, put your name (optional clap twice)
Put your name on your papers, put your name (optional clap twice)
If you don't put your name, then they'll all look the same!
Put your name on your papers, put your name! (optional clap twice)
Strategy #2: Place a bucket of highlighters by the "turn-in" spot. Require students to highlight their name (or complete heading) before turning in the assignment. No name, no highlight! You'll be able to spot it quickly.
Strategy #3: When grading and reviewing student work, write "no name" across the top of an anonymous paper. Place these papers in a special basket/folder labeled "No name" or "Anonymous Papers." After reviewed work is passed back to students, explain, "If you did not receive your paper back, check the "No name" basket. I once saw this basket/folder labeled, "Return to sender!" Very creative!
Strategy #4: Ask students to circle their name in green (if they understood the assignment/content well), yellow (if they are unsure about their understanding or progress), or red (if they feel uncomfortable, did not understand, or would like to meet with the teacher).
Strategy #5: Rotate a student job to alphabetize the set of papers! Or at the very least, to check for a name on each paper. Get creative- Class detective? Handwriting analyst? Bookkeeper? Office specialist?